Presented by Opera Australia
in partnership with Bleach* Festival, City of Gold Coast and Tourism & Events Queensland
Mozart's The Magic Flute; out of the theatre and onto the beach...
Sometimes it feels like a crime to go indoors when the skies are clear, even for a night at the opera. That’s why we’re taking the opera out of the theatre and onto the beach.
Picture a giant sandcastle on the beach at Coolangatta, families enjoying a picnic, children playing as the sun goes down, and miraculously beautiful music. And there you have a uniquely Australian production of one of the world’s favourite operas, Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
This new production is directed by Michael Gow and stars some of Opera Australia’s finest singers alongside a chorus drawn from community choirs and Gold Coast’s own surf life saving clubs. Together, they will battle the monster, put a spell on the guards and rescue the princess before sending you home with stars in your eyes, sand in your shoes and songs in your heart.
Now that’s opera, Australia!
Food, beverage and seating
A range of food and beverages is available at the venue from 5pm.
For the comfort of our patrons only low chairs will be permitted. Strictly no BYO alcohol. Alcohol will be available for purchase on site.
Spread out your towel on the sand and picnic under the stars.
The Opera Australia Community Choir has been assisted by the Australian
Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body.
Bleach* Festival is an initiative of Connecting Southern Gold Coast.
|Set & Costume Design||Robert Kemp|
|Sound Designer||Adrian Riddell|
|Lighting Designer||Paul Collison|
|Queen of the Night||Milica Ilic|
|First Lady||Hannah Dahlenburg|
|Second Lady||Emma Castelli|
|Third Lady||Anna Yun|
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 20 minutes, including one 30-minute interval.
The Magic Flute
Opera on the Beach is located at Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland.
All seating for Opera on the Beach is on the sand. Premium, A-reserve, and B-reserve are all seated by general admission so we recommend arriving early. Check out the Opera on the Beach Seating Map (pdf). In the premium section, a low-set beach chair will be provided. If you're sitting in A-reserve or B-reserve, you're welcome to bring your own chair (but the back of chair should be no taller than 80 cm from the ground). Camping chairs are not permitted. If you don't want to bring a chair, we recommend bringing a blanket, towel, or beach mat to sit on.
Welcome to our inaugural production of Opera on the Beach.
In 2014 it is our pleasure to present a new production of The Magic Flute. We have assembled some information to help guide you through you night and make this a spectacular experience truly unforgettable.
Venue open: 5:00pm
Show Starts: 6:30pm
What to wear
There are no rules about what to wear at an opera performance. It is always great fun to frock-up for the occasion and make a glamorous night of it, but dressing up is not mandatory. Remember this is an outdoor event so most importantly you will be sitting on the sand and should dress for all weather conditions.
There are no cloak room facilities available. We recommend that you do not bring large or bulky items or items of significant value. Please also note that there is strictly no BYO Alcohol. However, there are a range of food and beverage options available at the venue from 5pm.
Opera on the Beach is General Admission with allocated reserves. There is no undercover seating. Please remember that unless you have purchased premium seating you will be sitting on the beach.
Beach mats, towels, blankets and the ground beach chairs are permitted for you to bring to sit on for the performance. Camping chairs will not be permitted on site.
To ensure the enjoyment of all audience members, we will be unable to seat latecomers until a suitable break in the performance.
Service of alcohol
Premium Ticket Holders will receive a ticket to an exclusive Premium Bar area located on the beach. This exclusive area will be opening during interval and post show for the Premium guests. A-Reserve, B-Reserve and Restricted Seating will have access to one of three bars located across the site. These bars are not exclusive to ticket holders, but will have a number of food and beverage options available at affordable prices.
Only beverages purchased at the venue will be permitted – sorry, no BYO. And of course, you must be over 18 to purchase or consume alcohol at the venue.
ATM and cash
Payment will be accepted cash only. Please note there will be no ATM facilities at Opera on the Beach.
Pre and post show dining
There are a number of restaurants located along Marine Parade to cater for all budgets and tastes. Please be sure to visit one of the many options available before or after the show. There will also be a BBQ on site run by the Greenmount Surf Club and other snack options. For more information about dining options close to Opera on the Beach click here. Please read our full Terms and Conditions before purchasing dining packages.
The Magic Flute is sung in English. Don’t worry if you can’t follow every word as the action will convey a great deal of the story. If you wear glasses make sure you bring them along.
There will be one 30 minute interval which will allow you to have a drink, freshen-up and stretch your legs. When you hear the bells ringing, it's time to return to your seats.
Opera audiences are famous for their passionate involvement in the performance. Don't be alarmed if the people around you start stomping their feet at the end of the performance, this is an opera tradition to show your enjoyment and appreciation, feel free to join in if you like. All applause will be gratefully received, although it is polite to wait until the singing and music has stopped.
The recording (audio or video) and taking of photos (including camera phones) during the performance is prohibited.
We request that mobile phones are turned off prior to the performance. If you must keep your phone turned on, please place it on silent or vibrate mode. Please also remember that light from your phone may be distracting to other audience members.
After the show
Performances will finish around 8.30pm so you'll have time to enjoy a drink at any one of the on-site bar areas before heading out to enjoy the nightlife of Gold Coast.
We hope you enjoy your night at the Opera on the Beach.
People of all ages are welcome to attend, however all patrons must hold a valid ticket to enter the venue. Children under 15 have discounted entry – refer to ticket prices. There is free entry for ‘babes in arms’, however, prams are not allowed on the beach.
Non Smoking Venue
Opera on the Beach is largely a non smoking venue, however limited designated areas will be provided where smoking is permitted.
Opera Australia is committed to the rights of all people to experience our events. As such, we have implemented specific access measures for Opera on the Beach – The Magic Flute to welcome guests with disability.
For any other disability access information please contact QTIX on 136 246.
Opera on the Beach is an open-air event. The venue and the stage are completely uncovered. The special nature of this event will be appreciated by visitors from all over the world who understand that there is a certain risk of bad weather. Opera Australia and Bleach* Festival is therefore committed to going ahead with a performance of Opera on the Beach even in doubtful weather conditions.
Visitors are advised that it may rain during the performance. The performance will proceed if there are light, intermittent showers. We recommend that guests bring warm and rainproof clothing. Please note that although umbrellas can be brought to the venue, out of consideration for other members of the audience, they cannot be used during the performance.\
In case of extreme weather, The Magic Flute may be delayed by up to 50 minutes at any point throughout the performance.
The performance will only be cancelled if the weather poses a threat to the safety of performers or the audience. Cancellation will occur in the event of heavy rain and/or strong winds as Opera Australia and Bleach* Festival acknowledges that the comfort and safety of the audience and its performers are paramount.
If the performance is cancelled or plays for less than 50% of the total performance running time, the ticket holder shall have the ticket price refunded in full or can exchange the ticket for a subsequent performance. Customers should contact the organisation from whom they purchased their tickets to organise an exchange or refund of tickets the next business day.
For more information, please contact Opera Australia Customer Service.
From the iconic Surfers Paradise beach to the sophisticated dining precincts of Main Beach and Broadbeach and out to the lush, green Hinterland, there’s a new experience waiting for you at every turn on the Gold Coast.
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Opera on the Beach is set on one of Gold Coast's most famous surf beaches – Greenmount Beach at Coolangatta. Why not plan a visit and create a truly unforgettable experience?
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